New Me, New Hair!

I don’t know whether it’s to do with my age, or from me finally getting over what has been quite a traumatic two years, but I’m beginning to feel like a very different, calmer, lover of life person and I like it!

To celebrate, I’ve been making a few changes to my home, my wardrobe (as you can see from all my recent reviews!) and now my hair…

My sister kindly did my hair today, and she agreed to try an ombre hair colouring style, which she has never done before. She is a trained hairdresser and beautician (yes I am encouraging her to start writing on here about make up/skincare tips and great beauty products!) so I had complete faith in her.

This is the result, and I absolutely love it!

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My New ‘Ombre’ Hair

 

What do you guys think?

Claire Richards Spring/Summer 2014 Range: My Review & Competition

You should have seen my face the other day when I opened the door to see a huge parcel with my name on it from Fashion World- I felt like it was my birthday!

Fashion World kindly gave me the opportunity to review pieces from Claire Richards’ new Spring/Summer range, and impressive is an understatement. Claire seems to have gone for a modern day take on classic vintage styles, which is definitely a style I have wanted to try to learn more about recently, as I think it’s superbly flattering on us curvier girls.

Claire herself has said she’s excited about her second collection, because the range is “full of bright colours and feminine shapes, designed to flatter and fit.” Claire has added longer sleeves (a must have for my bingo wings), cinched-in waists and illusion designs to flatter our figures even more.

The first pcoatiece I tried was the Claire Richards Summer Coat, priced at £75 (but today it’s on sale for just £50!) and I love the length and the slight a-line cut of it.

The arms of this jacquard coat have a unique, ruched sleeve, and I especially love the texture of the coat.

I feel quite glamorous when wearing it, which is a feeling I rarely have! The only thing I would want is a little bit more room in the upper arms, but that’s because my arms are a lot wider than the rest of my size 16 self (well apart from my thighs!).

This coat would suit all of the dresses in the new range, including this Lace Trim Print Dress (£60).b&wdress

It’s a great length, falling just below the knee, meaning my thighs get the coverage I prefer, and it would look great with some leggings too, for a more casual look.

It has a cute belt which helps to flatter the waist, and I love the floral print. The light material is perfect for the upcoming hot summer, so I think this will get worn at a lot of BBQs I’ve already been invited to!

For work, thtrouserse High Waisted Trousers are a must for me, as the cute row of three buttons on each hip make them stand out from the usual, bland office trousers.

The high waist also makes them feel quite comfortable (and no danger of a builder’s bum when you drop your paperwork on the floor!). D

Due to me being so tall, I could have done with them being just a couple of inches longer. However, with some heels on, I’m hoping I can get away with them, what do you think?!

And last, but certainly not least, both my sister and I got the chance to try the Lace Bodycon Dress (£85), which has to be my favourite of all the pieces I tried!

I had to go a size up for this one, because my arms wouldn’t fit into the smaller size (need to start using hand weights again) but I soon got over this when I put the dress on. I felt like I was back in the 1940s, and my kitten strap heels just added to the feeling; I just needed a retro, pinned hairstyle and gorgeous Clark Gable lookalike to take me out for a romantic stroll along the beach!

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My little sister Nat also loved the dress, and with the killer high heels she put with it, she managed to give it a modern twist. Nat felt she would have wanted the cleavage cut a little lower as she felt it was too high, and she felt the slit at the back of the dress went slightly too high for her liking. Personally, I like the cleavage being cut high, as it makes a change for a dress tSAM_0837o only show a hint of what is underneath, and the cut at the back didn’t bother me (just don’t bend down in it!). 

The lace detail on the dress is stunning, and the silky, aqua-lining complimented my skintone beautifully. This will be worn on any future date I may be asked out on that’s for sure!

Because we loved the dress so much, Fashion World have been amazingly kind enough to let me offer you lovely readers the chance to win one! Just click on the link below and you will be able to enter as many times as you like, providing you follow the instructions- good luck!

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So overall, I love the new collection, and after browsing through the website, there are three more pieces for the collection I would LOVE to get my hands on: Print Prom Dress, Lace Sweat Jersey Top and Print Maxi Dress. Where’s my Clark Gable lookalike to buy me a belated Valentine’s gift…? Oh the joys of being single!

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For the purpose of this post, I was given these items to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.

Skull & Rose Leggings

I am becoming obsessed with leggings… maybe because they stretch, so my rolls of fat feel more comfy and less obvious to me, compared to when I’m in tight, constricting jeans? But also because they come in some fab designs!

As usual, I have been flicking through Ebay, and came across these skull and rose leggings, that only cost me £3.55 including postage. As you have seen in previous posts, I wear them a lot!

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I love the colour, the design and of course the price!

I got them from missgirltalk1 on Ebay, and I just hope they start to sell some other low cost legging designs as this poor, single mum still wants to look vaguely good when out in public!

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Nerding it up!

I’ve always been a bit of a nerd apparently- at school I got good grades (by hard work I might add!) and generally liked to use my mind rather than my body (hence the flab!).

As I was browsing Ebay one evening out of boredom, I came across some nerd fashion accessories at dirt cheap prices, so thought I would give them a try!

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Snake ring

 

 

 

NERD pose!I got oversized glasses, which scarily made me look like my father so I’m unsure if I will go out in public with these babies!

I also got a necklace and snake ring, which aren’t necessarily nerdy, but look cute when put together!

I teamed the pieces with some skull leggings, bad hair and fake Converse trainers, and just to make the look that bit more obvious, I added my amazing Primark ‘NERD’ top.

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What do you think? Ignore my son trying to get into the picture… destined for the camera that boy!

Would fit in great in Brighton I can tell you!

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Rocking the nerd look baby!

My First Footwear Giveaway!

As you saw in my previous post, I’ve just found a great, new footwear site (Shoesissima) for fashionable shoes in large sizes, and they have given me a pair of Dara sandals from their new SS14 collection to give to one of you lucky people!

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You Can Win These!

WordPress unfortunately don’t let you host competitions on their blogs, so I have had to set it up on my parent blog, so to enter my competition, click here.

Good luck!

I’ve Found a New, Large Footwear Website!

With the recent demise of Barratts, I’ve only been left with Evans (online only now!) and Brantanos to find women’s shoes in a UK size 10, so I was ECSTATIC to find another company this week to stop me from wearing men’s trainers!

Shoesissima only launched last year, and they cater for women with UK feet sizes 8-12. Their latest collection for SS14 is called Missima, and has been inspired by the latest catwalk looks.

The London-based company have hand designed each shoe in the new range, which includes sandals, suede courts, block heels, toe-capped flats and ankle boots. They are perhaps not as low in price as I usually like, with prices between £59.99 to £99.99, but this is justified by how well made the shoes are, and the range of widths they do to cater to our individual sizes.

Shoesissima were kind enough to give me a pair of ankle boots called ‘Petal‘ from their new range to try out for this blog, and let me tell you I was more than impressed with what I got!

My Gorgeous Petal Boots!

My Gorgeous Petal Boots!

These boots were inspired by recent fashion shows from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Balmain and Nicholas Kirkwood, particularly the elastic side gussets of the boots, which was a running theme with these designers.

The black ankle boots have a pointy, patent toe and a 70mm heel. I initially thought they may be too high for me to balance my flat feet on, but I have managed to walk quite well with them and haven’t fallen over yet!

Pointy, Patent Toe

Pointy, Patent Toe

I love how a mixture of suede and shiny patent have been used on the boots, as these contrast really well together, and help to make them look quite chic, and well worth their £99.99 price tag.

I’m going to team them up with bootcut black trousers for work and 3/4 length jeans or leggings for the summertime. They will pop out when I wear my vintage black dress if I’m feeling extra brave on a future date too!

Shoesissima have also kindly given me a pair of Dara sandals from their new collection to give away to one of you lucky readers!

To enter my competition, click here.

*I was given these boots by Shoesissima to review for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are 100% genuine.*

Onesie Sale!

Yet again I’ve been to a sale and spent money I don’t have! This week it was at Matalan, where they’ve got a half price sale and I noticed these two onesies. They had lots of big sizes left which was fab, and when I tried them on I was impressed with their leg length- I’ve never found a onesie that has fitted both my curves and my height, so was pleasantly surprised and obviously had to buy both!  My excuse is they will be great for next winter, I’m planning ahead! The zebra-print style onesie was a bargain £6, and the grey one was £8, and as you can see by my awful changing room poses, they are very comfy and warm!

My 2 Bargain Onesies- apologies for the bad posing!

My 2 Bargain Onesies- apologies for the bad posing!